Our restaurant offers an ambiance of relaxed, comfortable elegance. Nestled in the heart of the vibrant destination of Ybor City, we are a fun, friendly gathering place for locals and tourists. Come join us for traditional Turkish food and entertainment featuring live world music and sultry belly dancing shows. Savor the rich flavors of authentic, perfectly prepared cuisine from the Ottoman Empire.
Our authentic Turkish cuisine is exquisitely prepared with only the freshest ingredients, and served in a decidedly warm ethnic atmosphere… kilim hangings, Turkish tiles, and music filling the air. Istanblu also features a cocktail lounge that caters to sophisticated tastes and sensibilities where you can enjoy inspired drinks.
Turkish food is based on Ottoman, Central Asian, Balkan, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and European dining cultures. Although Turkish food may have similarities to Persian, Israels, Italian, and Greek cuisine, there are major differences in taste and preparation. They use less cumin in Turkish dishes, which are generally prepared only with lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil. The flavors are very fresh, and everything is prepared in-house daily. Turkish cuisine is very healthy and offers a wide variety of vegetarian dishes.
Explore the sweet side of Middle Eastern food with our collection of freshly prepared pastries, sweets, and desserts. A perfect ending to any meal.
Our rich Turkish coffee is made with the finest roasted and ground coffee beans, boiled to perfection with sugar and served piping hot!
Reservations and Private Parties
At Istanblu, we’re experts at turning everyday events into celebrations. From our delicious, Turkish cuisine to the fun and elegant atmosphere, we know how to have a good time! In the spirit of Turkish culture, our dishes are served family-style, meant to be shared by everyone at the table, and our diverse menu will please just about anyone. We can accommodate any event or budget – so sit back, relax, and let us do the planning – salute!
Phone: (813) 304-2348
Address: 1919 E 7th Ave
Tampa, FL 33605
Our Ambitious Turkish Kitchen
All of our dishes are homemade and we only use the freshest, best quality ingredients. Some of our selections include traditional Turkis mezes, soups, salads, steak, lamb, seafood, grilled kabobs, musakka, and vegetarian plates.
Whether you are hungry for hollow bread (lavas) and hummus, or hand-carved lamb shish kebabs, our fresh and home-made food is sure to delight all palates. Our mouth-watering desserts are made from scratch and include favorites such as baklava and oven baked halva.